Every now and then I daydream about going back to school and getting a PhD, just to spite my little brother who’s in medical school. (No way I’m going to let that little twerp be the only doctor in the family.) If I decided to do so, I would fit right in at certain Maryland universities, which are known for minting graduates who go on to get their doctorates. In fact, one Maryland school outranks every other institution in the nation in terms of producing PhD candidates. Can you guess who it is?
Yep, it’s those croquet-playing, great books-reading intellectuals at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Well, to be specific, they top the list of graduates who get humanities PhDs, and come in 19th for overall degrees. The next Maryland school on the list was Goucher, which came in 68th, putting it in the top 5 percent of PhD-producing schools. Johns Hopkins came in surprisingly low: 146th. Maybe that’s because Hopkins students are all busy getting medical degrees instead?
St. John’s director of career services told the Baltimore Sun that 70 percent of students earn an additional degree within 5 years of graduation. Not bad for a school whose other claim to fame is its ridiculously nerdy fight song.
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